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Laszlo Szabo
Number of games in database: 1,730
Years covered: 1933 to 1987
Last FIDE rating: 2055
Highest rating achieved in database: 2565

Overall record: +667 -316 =744 (60.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (108) 
    E26 E56 E41 E53 E59
 King's Indian (106) 
    E70 E80 E75 E60 E81
 Sicilian (71) 
    B81 B80 B40 B53 B31
 English (48) 
    A15 A16 A14 A10 A13
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C97 C84 C86 C83 C79
 Grunfeld (39) 
    D97 D85 D90 D87 D86
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (159) 
    B27 B92 B56 B28 B35
 Ruy Lopez (93) 
    C77 C84 C89 C82 C79
 King's Indian (76) 
    E91 E60 E80 E66 E67
 Nimzo Indian (72) 
    E53 E54 E59 E34 E39
 Grunfeld (48) 
    D87 D78 D75 D83 D85
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (46) 
    C84 C89 C97 C99 C93
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Zakar vs Szabo, 1933 0-1
   Szabo vs K Honfi, 1950 1-0
   Szabo vs T van Scheltinga, 1947 1-0
   Szabo vs Bronstein, 1953 1-0
   Szabo vs Kotov, 1946 1-0
   Szabo vs Reshevsky, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Szabo vs N Padevsky, 1972 1-0
   Szabo vs Bisguier, 1955 1-0
   Szabo vs B Sooky, 1946 1-0
   Szabo vs Bronstein, 1950 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1938/39 (1938)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Saltsjöbaden Interzonal (1948)
   2nd AVRO (1973)
   Zaanstreek (1946)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   Groningen (1946)
   Budapest (1952)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)
   Moscow (1963)
   Portoroz Interzonal (1958)
   Havana (1965)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)
   Buenos Aires (1970)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Laszlo Szabo - underappreciated brilliance. by themadhair
   1950 Hungarian championship by Treev

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(born Mar-19-1917, died Aug-08-1998, 81 years old) Hungary
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Laszlo Szabo was born in Budapest. At the age of eighteen, he won the Hungarian Championship for the first of nine times (he won in 1935, 1937, 1939, 1946, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1959, and 1967/68). Before World War II, he worked in the foreign exchange department of a Budapest bank. During World War II, he was in a Hungarian Forced Labor unit where he was captured by the Russian army. He was a prisoner of war until after the end of World War II. Following the Second World War, he began to compete in major international events. In total, he represented Hungary at 11 Olympiads, playing first board on five occasions and delivering many medal-winning performances. In 1937, he took the team silver and individual silver medals, in 1952 an individual bronze, in 1956 a team bronze and in 1966, team bronze and individual silver. He was awarded the GM title in 1950 and took part in three of the Candidates' tournaments during the 1950's, finishing joint third in 1956. He continued to play in tournaments and promote chess in his country until his death in 1998.

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 page 1 of 70; games 1-25 of 1,730  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zakar vs Szabo 0-191933HUNB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. Szabo vs G Fuster 1-0311933BudapestB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. Szabo vs Csiszar 1-0351933BudapestD95 Grunfeld
4. Szabo vs L Steiner  ½-½351934BudapestD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
5. G Fuster vs Szabo 0-1291934BudapestD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
6. Szabo vs E Gereben  ½-½361934SopronA95 Dutch, Stonewall
7. Szabo vs G A Thomas 1-0241934SopronE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. S Boros vs Szabo  ½-½561935Tatatovaros itE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
9. Szabo vs M Szigeti 1-0291935Tatatovaros itD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. A Becker vs Szabo 0-1231935Tatatovaros itD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
11. Z von Balla vs Szabo 0-1361935TatatovarosB20 Sicilian
12. Szabo vs H Mueller 1-0361935Tatatovaros itD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
13. Keresztely vs Szabo  0-1491935Tatatovaros itD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
14. Szabo vs J Balogh  ½-½191935Tatatovaros itA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
15. E Gereben vs Szabo  ½-½171935Tatatovaros itB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
16. Szabo vs E Steiner 1-0191935Tatatovaros itE81 King's Indian, Samisch
17. K Sterk vs Szabo 0-1211935Tatatovaros itA04 Reti Opening
18. Szabo vs G Lovas  1-0331935Tatatovaros itD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. L Merenyi vs Szabo  0-1221935Tatatovaros itC48 Four Knights
20. Szabo vs K Havasi  ½-½201935Tatatovaros itC53 Giuoco Piano
21. G Kluger vs Szabo 0-1541935Tatatovaros itC13 French
22. Szabo vs L Steiner  ½-½311935Tatatovaros itD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
23. A Sacconi vs Szabo  ½-½261935Tatatovaros itD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Szabo vs Znosko-Borovsky 1-0281935Tatatovaros itC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. Szabo vs H E Atkins  ½-½381935Warsaw OlympiadD85 Grunfeld
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May-18-08  Method B: Nice example of a minority attack in the QGD by the great tactician Laszlo Szabo against Karl Palda in Vienna 1947. I believe the game was played during the Schlechter memorial.

Szabó László vs. Karl Palda

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.e3 Be7 7.Qc2 c6 8.Bd3 0-0 9.Nf3 Re8 10.0-0 Nf8 11.Rab1 Nh5 12.Bxe7 Rxe7

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The stage is set for <13.b4>.

13... Rc7 14.Rfc1 g6 15.b5 Ng7 16.bxc6 Rxc6 17.Rb5 Bf5 18.Ne5 Rc7 19.Rxd5 Qe7 20.Rb5 Rac8

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<21.Nd5!> The final shoot-out has begun.

21... Qxe5 22.Nxc7 Qxb5 23.Nxb5 Rxc2 24.Bxc2 a6 25.Nd6 1-0

Dec-11-08  cuppajoe: Hmm, his last game seems to be six years postmortem. It's not possible that game belongs to one of the other Laszlo Szabos is it?
Dec-11-08  slomarko: maybe he raised from the grave to play it.
Feb-16-09  schroedingers cat: is/was he related to istvan szabo?
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  laskereshevsky: Wich one Istvan Szabo?!

This is a so common name in Hungary.... its like to relate to a certain Franz Schwarz in Germany,.. or a Pedro Sanchez in Spain,..

etc. etc....

(Maybe are u reffering about the movies director?!...)

Feb-17-09  schroedingers cat: yupp the film director. Thanks for the explanation by the way.
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  brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Szabo.
Mar-19-09  kramputz: Game # 1724 was played by Zsolt Josef Szabo in 2004 and not Laszlo Szabo. Laszlo Szabo died in 1998.
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  fm avari viraf: May His Soul Rest In Peace In Heaven!
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  eternaloptimist: He was a great player & was mentioned in the book "Warriors of the Mind" by GM Raymond Keene as being 1 of the 64 (for the 64 squares on a chessboard) best players of all time when that great book came out in 1989. It's definitely 1 of my favorite books of all time. He deserved to be in that book, but he used to make some HORRENDOUS blunders. GM Keene pointed that out in this book. The blunders that he made were definitely worse than your average GM blunders.
Mar-19-09  WhiteRook48: he died in 1998 and he was still playing by 2004? That is one cool resurrection! :D
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  ketchuplover: So there's hope for a Bobby Fischer comeback! Cool
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  Domdaniel: Ehh, yes, it might be a good idea to fix that 2004 date in the header ...

Meanwhile, check out Szabo's game with Lindner, 1937 -- a sacrificial extravaganza on which nobody had commented before.

It starts with an unnecessary rook sac which some might call a blunder -- there were a couple of easier ways to get an advantage. But then his opponent makes a harmless-looking slip, and Szabo lets rip. Exquisite.

Incidentally, before computers I don't think people knew that such things as 'average GM blunders' existed.

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  wordfunph: GM Laszlo Szabo disliked Samuel Reshevsky and was very upset with Reshevsky because of one of their games at Zurich 1953, where both players overlooked a mate in two. Szabo explained after the game, "One does not look for a mate in two against a grandmaster."

happy birthday GM Szabo!

Mar-19-10  Petrosianic: I know the game you mean. Both sides overlooked that Reshevsky's g pawn was undefended because his f pawn was pinned. But that doesn't explain why Szabo should be mad at someone else for his own mistake. Generally you want your opponents to blunder.
Mar-06-11  markwell: His bio on this site really should include the fact that he was Grandmaster.
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  perfidious: <markwell> It goes without saying that any Candidate was a GM-that award is automatic, and how Fischer received his title-but I agree.
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  Benzol: <markwell> <His bio on this site really should include the fact that he was Grandmaster.>

It does now.

Mar-19-11  talisman: happy birthday laszlo...need a picture of him.
Mar-19-11  waustad: There are 9 active players with FIDE ratings with this name. That could be a serious hashing problem if any of them were stronger.
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  brankat: R.I.P. GM Szabo.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Laszlo Szabo .
Mar-19-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Laszlo Szabo.
Mar-19-16  luftforlife: Here's a shot of László Szabó taken by Ron Kroon at the Hoogovens, Beverwijk, The Netherlands, January 12, 1966:

Shades of Clark Kent. All he needs now is a telephone booth . . . .

Sep-18-16  zanzibar: Another Benko follow-up to

Laszlo Szabo (kibitz #18)

<Eventually life regained a semblance of normality and Benko’s chess career progressed. However, it was nearly nipped in the bud in 1952, when an ill-conceived attempt to defect in Berlin led to his arrest:

“Back in Hungary, I was accused of being an American spy. An almost non-stop, three-week interrogation began that was designed to break me down mentally ...

I was dragged out of my cell and taken to a concentration camp — once they got the information they wanted (which in my case was nothing), they would just lock you up and forget about you completely ...

The one person who did know that I was locked away was Grandmaster Szabo. He was the political editor of the top Hungarian chess magazine. The first page had nothing about chess on it at all, just political ravings about the wonders of communism. This mean-spirited person had no interest in helping me out; in fact, he was happy about my being arrested!

... one moment a national chess hero, the next a broken creature relegated to an existence of perpetual night ... I had been living like a diseased troll for a year and a half when a miracle occurred: Stalin died.” (pp. 68-70)>

From a review of "Pal Benko: My Life, Games and Compositions, (hard cover edition)"

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